CA Fénix — Match Report vs. Defensor Sporting (20/09/2022)

With the serene view of the Atlantic Ocean, CA Fénix and Defensor Sporting faced each other in the 9th round of the Uruguayan Primera División Clausura. In a game in which Andrés Ferrari was sent off early, Fénix gained wings and tried to dominate the game through possession, primarily through Ignacio Sosa’s initiatives, which started in the first third and finished in the last one. It was a one-way game, although Marcelo Mendez’s team tried to counter the course of the match through quick exits in transition. The scoreboard would end up unchanged from the beginning of the game.


  • A1 – Very good, could play higher
  • A2 – Strong potential to play higher
  • B1 – Good, strong player at level
  • B2 – Potential to be a strong player at level
  • C – Average for the level, rewatch
  • D – Below average in this match

Ignacio Sosa

  • Nationality: Uruguayan
  • Age: 19
  • Date of Birth: 31/08/2003
  • Club: CA Fénix
  • Career: CA Fénix
  • Position: Defense Midfielder
  • Preferred Foot: Right

Physique has never been a problem for Ignacio Sosa. At just 1.75 meters, but with a competitive attitude worthy of praise at all times of the game, the young Uruguayan could impose himself easily when the game needed his body. Speed, agility, and strength were always present, and nobody can complain about Ignacio Sosa’s commitment to the game, and he was the one who did the most for CA Fénix not to take only one point from the game.

The motto “toco y me voy” is predominant in South American football schools, and Ignacio Sosa showed that he dominates it to the full. Faced with Defensor Sporting’s backline, he showed intelligence when looking for tables in the central corridor, provoking the first pass later to receive it from a colleague at a greater height. In this way, Sosa could disturb the opponent’s defensive organization and take his team close to the big goal occasions. Sosa showed he mastered progression, passing, and attacking in depth like no one else that day. A delight for the younger players to learn.

When he lost the ball in high areas, which led to Defensor Sporting’s offensive transitions, Ignacio reacted with speed and aggressiveness on the ball carrier. He tried to recover the ball near the opponent’s goal so as not to run meters and stay close to the goal. But even if that wasn’t possible, Sosa never showed problems in passing defensively, showing elegance in occupying the suitable spaces, making contention, and providing defensive cover for his colleagues. He was always in the right place at the right time.

Tactically, Ignacio proved to be an intelligent player. He would go down close to the central defenders to start the game or create the first numerical superiority, and he did everything else from there. The young guy always knew how to attack the spaces given by the opponent, either in the central or lateral corridors, and Sosa never hid. He made good decisions and could have been the reason for CA Fénix’s victory that didn’t happen.

Rating – A1

Coming from the same school as Manuel Ugarte and already associated with FC Famalicão last summer, Ignacio Sosa has everything to reach the current level of his compatriot. That path could be mapped out by joining a mid-table club in the Portuguese Liga or directly to a club of the caliber of SL Benfica, Sporting CP, or FC Porto. From there, Ignacio’s dream will surely lead him to bigger stages.

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